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bio website dennybrew.com
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I have been a homebrewer for over 15 years and 440 batches. I'm a BJCP National judge and a member of the Governing Committee of the American Homebrewers Assoc.


May
8
comment Any reason not to lower a hydrometer into my secondary?
But why do you need a hydrometer reading every time you look at it? Leave it there for the months you're talking about and then check it.
May
4
answered Head Retention improves with bottle conditioning?
May
2
comment Lots of trub affecting specific gravity readings?
I've never seen that happen in reality. Sorry to disagree.
May
1
comment How to get rid of gas from mead?
To degas, stir til it doesn't foam any more. You could also use something like a whisk or paint mixer, depending if it would fit in your fermenter.
Apr
26
comment How to properly keep a warm kegged beer (short term)
The CO2 is migrating from being dissolved in the beer into the headspace in the keg. The reason you get more foam in your glass is because the additional CO2 in the headspace is increasing the pressure of your pour.
Apr
26
answered How to get rid of gas from mead?
Apr
26
answered How to properly keep a warm kegged beer (short term)
Apr
24
answered Yeast Starter for a “Big Beer”
Apr
24
answered What's the minimum safe immersion time to sanitize something with StarSan?
Apr
24
awarded  yeast
Apr
23
comment Yeast for very high gravity (1.138) stout
I don't know enou to even guess at that!
Apr
23
revised Yeast for very high gravity (1.138) stout
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Apr
23
comment Yeast for very high gravity (1.138) stout
I wouldn't aerate when using a slurry because aeration is for cell growth. The yeast uses O2 to synthesize sterols for cell walls. When you pitch as huge amount of yeast there's little need for cell growth. But in a beer this big, it couldn't hurt. BTW, there really aren't distinct phases for yeast. The Crabtree Effect states that in the presence of a >.05% glucose solution, fermentation begins immediately.
Apr
23
comment Yeast for very high gravity (1.138) stout
You can either rack directly on to the slurry or remove the slurry and repitch it. Normally I wouldn't aerate when using a slurry, but given the OG of this batch it couldn't hurt to aerate.
Apr
23
answered Yeast for very high gravity (1.138) stout
Apr
20
comment Is a yeast starter required when brewing a lager?
A starter is not recommended for dry yeast and can in fact be detrimental.
Apr
11
comment Does a malt “late addition” affect OG?
The ROT is 45 ppg fpr DME and 36 ppg for LME.
Apr
9
answered Corny keg that won't hold pressure.
Apr
9
answered Should I rack lager before pitching yeast?
Apr
8
revised Cleaning bottles - What's a good cleaning agent?
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